The Chelsea Hotel has announced that it will host the possibility of a painting an immersive exhibition of paintings ranging in style from representational to minimalist in the hotel’s newly restored Gallery Suite.
The paintings will be hung salon-style on the wall and creep up and over the ceiling. The audience will view the works seated or lounging on cushions. The idea is to present many possibilities of painting and demonstrate this via a transition from representational through to abstract and minimalist paintings, until finally one wall holds a single minimalist work.
A black-and-white photo book, hotel chelsea — room 1019, will also be launched during the exhibition. It documents room 1019’s tenants for 30 years - Alfred and Joan Russell. Alfred was an accomplished abstract painter whose work was featured in seven Whitney Annuals (from 1949-1955), in MoMA's major abstract show in 1951, and alongside Pollock's and de Kooning's at the Vehemences Confrontees exhibition in Paris in1951.
Photographed by Gillian Bostock two weeks after Joan's death in 2008, with text by the Russells' nephew Peter Feld, hotel chelsea — room 1019 gives readers an intimate glimpse inside the couple's home and essentially their lives - both as artists as well as long-time residents of The Chelsea Hotel.
Fittingly, Alfred's studio was located in the room currently exhibiting the possibility of a painting. Beginning his career in abstract painting, moving on to figurative, and ultimately amalgamating the styles, Alfred Russell was an artist who earnestly explored the possibilities of painting.